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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|America's Leading Lawyers||Chambers USA||2015|
|America's Leading Lawyers||Chambers USA||2014|
|America's Leading Lawyers||Chambers USA||2013|
|AV Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|America's Leading Lawyers||Chambers USA||2012|
|Rising Star||SuperLawyers Magazine||2011|
|Who's Who of High-Ranking Silicon Valley Executives||Silicon Valley Business Journal||2007|
|40 Under 40||Silicon Valley Business Journal||2007|
|Firmwide Chair, Corporate Practice||Perkins Coie LLP||2015 - Present|
|Partner, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Group||Perkins Coie LLP||2005 - 2015|
|Associate, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Group||Perkins Coie LLP||1999 - 2004|
|Associate, Corporate Securities Group||Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati||1997 - 1999|
|Summer Associate||Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson||1996 - 1996|
|Summer Associate, Equity Derivatives Documentation Group||Morgan Stanley||1995 - 1995|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Venture Capital Association, Model Document Working Group||Member||2006 - Present|
|Corporations Committee of the Business Section of the State Bar of California||Member||2014 - 2015|
|ABA Working Group on Legal Opinions||Member||2010 - 2012|
|New York University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|State University of New York, Albany||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||1994|
|Growth and Exit Strategies for Software and IT Companies||M&A Cage Match||2014|
|startupPerColator Series||Seed Investments: How to Be Attractive to Early Stage Investors and the "Right" Seed Investment Structure For You||2013|
|BCLT Privacy Law Forum: Silicon Valley||Privacy and the Price of Free||2013|
|E-Bootcamp Panel on the People||Who's Involved in Your Startup?||2011|
|Digital Visions Workshop||Non-profit Strategies||2007|
|The Dealmaker Strategy Series||Web 2.0 & The Enterprise||2006|
|The Dealmaker Strategy Series||Making Acquisitions Work: Keys to Post-Merger Success||2005|
|Red Herring Fall 2005 Conference||Growth Strategies for Growth Companies||2005|
Posted by Hardy
Michael was our lead investor's lawyer for a major fundraising in 2004 and I was so impressed with him that I hired him to be our company's lawyer.
Michael has the unique balance of legal knowledge complimented by business practicality - which has made him an indispensable part of our senior team and faciliated getting several major transactions completed over the past seven years.
Posted by Ali
Michael has been our lead corporate attorney at my last three startups. He's also the lead at several startups where I'm an advisor or close friends with the founder.
I've yet to meet a more solid all-around lawyer in the business. He's taken our companies from zero to acquisition, and been a partner all along the way. He's not only been excellent with general corporate matters, but also in complicated licensing and distribution deals. He's always been an advocate of the best interests of the company.
On top of all of this, he's just an all around great guy.
There is nobody else I recommend to startups I advise. You can stop your search for an attorney right here.
Megan Muir, Venture capital Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
Michael and I worked on opposite sides of a convoluted transaction recently. He and a colleague on his team were able to resolve some very convoluted, intertwined legal and business issues and the deal came together in the end. He's talented as a lawyer and has great common sense.